With funding from the CyberCorps(R): Scholarship for Service program, the AZSecure Cybersecurity Fellowship program is able to offer the following benefits to its scholarship students:
- Full tuition and fees
- Annual Stipend:
- Ph.D. and Masters students: $34,000 per academic year
- Book allowances of up to $1,800 per academic year
- Support for approved professional development of up to $4,000 per academic year
- Support for health insurance of up to $3,000 per academic year
- Independent study research experiences with faculty members, resulting in a Master's Thesis
- Extra-curricular activities and events with their cohort
- Placement support while searching for a summer internship and post-graduation position through a virtual Career Fair, a real-world Career Fair (usually held in the DC area), and MIS departmental support
Financial payments are made through each student's UA bursar's account and become part of each student's financial package. Please note that accepting other aid or loans can affect your ability to access or receive scholarship funds. Students are urged to discuss their individual situations with the Financial Aid Office.
Tax liability varies depending on individual situations. Each individual receiving the scholarship award is responsible for identifying his or her tax liability and filing tax returns accordingly. Students should seek the advice of a tax professional to determine what part of their scholarship may be taxable.
Continuing eligibility: To continue to receive their scholarship funding, students must remain in good standing by meeting all eligibility requirements during their enrollment.
Working while in school: Living stipends are meant to free students of the need to work while pursuing their degree. Students are not allowed to take university positions during the academic year, and are strongly discouraged from taking any position off campus. The coursework and independent study requirements are rigorous and demanding; attempting to work while attending classes can put a student at a risk of failing to maintain good standing and losing program eligibility, which in turn would trigger a mandatory repayment of prior support.
More information about the program can be found on the The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Scholarship-for-Service: CyberCorps website (includes student and PI log in) and the CyberCorps SFS Frequently Asked Questions.
Obtaining Your Funding (for accepted SFS students only)
All students should request direct deposit through the Financial Aid Office to ensure on-time delivery of your stipends. Otherwise, papers checks are sent through the U.S. Mail to whatever address the UA has on file for you.
Tuition & Fees: Automatically debited from and then credited to your Bursar’s Account
Stipend: Stipends are disbursed for the Fall starting August 15 and should appear in your Bursar’s Account within one week. Spring semester stipends will be disbursed on January 10 and should appear in your Bursar’s Account within one week. If you do not receive your stipend within the allotted time, please notify either the Program Coordinator or the MIS Business Manager immediately.
Books: Turn in your original receipts to the Program Coordinator and request reimbursement.
Health Insurance: Fill out the Health Insurance Reimbursement Request Form, sign it (either electronically or in paper and then scanning it), then send it to the Program Coordinator and request reimbursement.
Professional development: Some of this funding is automatically earmarked for you to attend the Career Fair, held in the Washington, D.C. area, in January (see Important Dates for this year’s dates). Also, if you are selected to present a paper at a conference, for example, DEFCON, or IEEE ISI, this funding will also be used to support your trip. Other uses must be cleared in consultation with the Program Administrator, Dr. Mark Patton.
Questions about your Bursars Account? Deposits not showing up?
If you’re not sure of the source of the issue, start by contacting the the MIS Business Manager. You may be directed for further information to the Financial Aid Office or the Bursar’s Office, which has final authority on disbursement issues.
The MIS Business Manager is the first person to ask about any MIS-related business or administrative issue, and can also help you interpret your Bursars Account, such as disbursements not showing in your account.